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15 February 2021

Opportunity Description

National Research Foundation Programme in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa
Fine Art Department, Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa

Suitable candidates are invited to apply for available Postdoctoral Fellowships hosted by the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa at Rhodes University, South Africa. The successful Postdoctoral Fellows will be active participants in the NRF research team that is made up of the Research Chair (Prof Ruth Simbao), Research Associates, Postgraduate Students and Affiliated Artists.

Each fellowship is worth R200 000 per annum (tax exempt), and the duration is 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.


  • Produce high quality research outputs
  • Foster a culture of academic sharing and cooperation by working on related research themes
  • Develop research capacity through a co-operative research culture
  • Build collaborations with scholars and artists across the African continent and within the Global South


  • Geopolitical Intimacies: Ways of Practicing as Ways of Knowing
  • Artivism, Social Justice and Communal Agency Beyond African States
  • Grounding, Reducing, Decelerating: Art, Environments and Materialities
  • Rising Souths: Reorientating Art’s Futures


  • Candidates must have obtained their PhD in a relevant discipline within the last five years
  • Research needs to connect meaningfully to at least one of the Research Themes
  • Candidates must be of exceptional merit as evidenced by the quality of their research
  • Preference will be given to candidates based on the African continent and in the Global South
  • Candidates need to demonstrate an ability to submit for publication at least two new articles based on original research in relevant accredited journals during the Fellowship


  • Successful candidates must reside in Makhanda, South Africa, for the full duration of the Fellowship
  • The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with supplementary funding or salary
  • The University expects that all publications, creative works and other academic products of the Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgement with full affiliation to Rhodes University and theNRF/DSI Research Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa
  • The University reserves the right to request the refund of any fellowship paid to the Fellow should the Fellow terminate her or his contract prior to its completion

IMAGE: Gladys Kalichini, …these practices are done in sharing her stories (2020) 4 channel video, 4’20”
Photo: Arthur Debert

How to Apply

Please email a brief Expression of Interest to Charmaine Mostert (c.mostert@ru.ac.za) in order to request an Application Form and a synopsis of the Research Themes. In the Expression of Interest include

1) your discipline and area of research,
2) the date your PhD was awarded (date on the certificate),
3) the institution that awarded the degree, and
4) your current institutional affiliation (if applicable).

Submit the completed Application Form and accompanying documents listed on the form to Charmaine Mostert (c.mostert@ru.ac.za) by February 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Charmaine Mostert.